Two days after former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Pakistan’s Karachi will one day become a part of India, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday reminded the BJP leader to first take back PoK from Pakistan.
Raut, taking a jibe at Fadnavis, said we can think about Karachi later after PoK is taken back. First, bring the Kashmir that is occupied by Pakistan. We will go to Karachi later,” the Shiv Sena leader told the media.
Fadnavis had talked about merging Karachi with India while commenting on the row triggered by a Shiv Sena leader’s threat to ‘Karachi Sweets’ shop in Mumbai’s Bandra West to remove the word ‘Karachi’ from the name.
We believe in ‘Akhand Bharat’. We also believe that Karachi will be a part of India one day,” Fadnavis told reporters on Saturday. His remarks had come after a video went viral in which Shiv Sena leader Nitin Nandgaokar was seen allegedly asking ‘Karachi Sweets’ shop owner to remove Karachi from the outlet’s name.
“Karachi Bakery and Karachi Sweets have been in Mumbai since the last 60 years. They have nothing to do with Pakistan. It makes no sense to ask for changing their names now. Demand for changing their name is not Shiv Sena’s official stance,” Raut had tweeted on November 19.
Maharashtra Cabinet Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik had yesterday commented on Fadnavis’s remark, stating that his party will welcome if the BJP creates one country by merging India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“The way Devendra ji has said that time will come when Karachi will be a part of India. We have been saying that India, Pakistan and Bangladesh should be merged. If the Berlin Wall can be demolished, then why not India, Pakistan and Bangladesh can come together? If the BJP wishes to merge these three countries and make a single country, we will welcome it definitely,” Malik told ANI.
Maharashtra to bring law against ‘love jihad’?
Meanwhile, commenting on the proposed laws against ‘love jihad’ by several states, Raut said the matter was serious and the Maharashtra government too was apprised of the same.
“Lot of discussions are going on regarding ‘love jihad’. I think it’s a serious matter. West Bengal elections are coming up, a new topic should be brought to the fore. We believe, development is a major issue for election but ‘love jihad’ will be discussed,” the Shiv Sena leader said.
“Some people are raising this issue in Maharashtra too, asking us that when will we bring a law? I spoke with the CM today, I would like to say that when Nitish ji frames this law in Bihar, we will examine it and then think about the same, for Maharashtra,” he added.
Source: Times Now